Opera Omaha's ONE Festival
Mar
20
to Apr 13

Opera Omaha's ONE Festival

Explore sound as you swing, slide and play on Playground, an interactive sound sculpture installation, curated by Ellen Reid. On selected dates and times, take part in open recess on Playground, and then watch as the resonant art sculpture comes to life for Run, a 15-minute original composition for voice and devised playground instruments, featuring ONE Festival soloist Naomi Louisa O’Connell and International Contemporary Ensemble artists

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Big Ears Festival 2019
Mar
21
to Mar 24

Big Ears Festival 2019

  • Various venues, Knoxville, TN (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The mission of the Big Ears Festival is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens and builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film, arts programming, and interactive experiences presented in Knoxville, TN. At Big Ears 2019, ICE will perform a program featuring the work of four daring women composers: Ellen Reid, Carla Kihlstedt, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Ashley Fure.

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Tyshawn Sorey Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre
Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Tyshawn Sorey Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre

  • Miller Theatre at Columbia University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tyshawn Sorey is a visionary artist who is erasing the lines of musical preconceptions. The 2017 MacArthur Fellow has a wide-ranging creative practice, embracing the roles of composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, scholar, and educator. This Portrait features two new works, written for ensembles with which Sorey has close ties.

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Silent Voices: Lovestate with Brooklyn Youth Chorus at The Kennedy Center
Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Silent Voices: Lovestate with Brooklyn Youth Chorus at The Kennedy Center

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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Lovestate is the third installment of “Silent Voices,” a multimedia, multi-composer, and multi-season series of concert works conceived, produced, and performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a choir of culturally and socioeconomically diverse young New Yorkers aged 12–18.

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NYU Intermedia at Abrons Arts Center
Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

NYU Intermedia at Abrons Arts Center

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Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 PM.
Free Performance

The International Contemporary Ensemble continues its collaboration with the innovative composers of New York University, who are experts in the latest music technology. On Monday, April 8, graduate composers are featured in a program of world premieres. On Wednesday, April 10, NYU Intermedia co-curates an event.

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International Contemporary Ensemble with the Chicago Civic Orchestra
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

International Contemporary Ensemble with the Chicago Civic Orchestra

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The International Contemporary Ensemble joins the Chicago Civic Orchestra with Nicole Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral and George Lewis’ P. Multitudinis. Both improvisatory in nature, the works will highlight the collaboration between the Ensemble and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, now in its third year.

Program
Nicole Mitchell: Inescapable Spiral
George Lewis: P. Multitudinis

Nicole Mitchell’s Inescapable Spiral is a “variable process” piece for five or more instruments of any kind for musicians with a wide range of playing abilities. Comprised of short movements named for colors, the piece can be played with a mixture of students and professional musicians. Some are traditionally notated, and others are hybrid graphic scores; the order of pieces can be rearranged with or without repetition, depending on the desired duration of the piece and the number of instruments. Collision of pieces is expected and especially desired by the composer, because it evokes the pull of a celestial body towards the Earth in an “inescapable spiral” until they ultimately collide.

Premiered at the group’s Ensemble Evolution program at the Banff Centre, George Lewis’s P. Multitudinis is a situational-form work that is also partially open in terms of scale and instrumentation. The full complement of the work includes a trio with piano, percussion, and electronics; a trio with voice, saxophone, and trumpet, a string quartet, a woodwind quintet, one or more “mobile percussionists,” a “mobile conductor,” and “The Multitude,” an open-instrumentation ensemble for any number of players. Performers are given two types of material: first, precisely notated passages to be varied as needed, and second, a set of tasks laid out on a grid that suggest ways of relating to the sonic environment being created. The choice of material is pursuant to collective decision-making in performance.

Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.

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Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre
Jun
24
to Jul 13

Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre

  • The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (map)
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Featuring a faculty of performers drawn from the ranks of the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with an extraordinary group of composers, improvisers, and conversation partners, Ensemble Evolution explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century. 

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Residency at University of Michigan
Mar
10
to Mar 14

Residency at University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (map)
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ICE plays its fourth and final residency at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Composers Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen, fresh from a performance of their In Plain Air on the University of Michigan campus, team with bassoonist and ICE Co-Artistic Director Rebekah Heller and saxophonist Ryan Muncy to discuss their recent collaborations.

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Wang Lu Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Wang Lu Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre

  • Miller Theatre at Columbia University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Born in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, composer and pianist Wang Lu writes music that is dramatic, lyrical, and powerful. Brought up in a musical family with strong Chinese opera and folk music traditions, her works reflect a very natural identification with those influences, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities.

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The International Contemporary Ensemble with Experiments in Opera: Off the Ground
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

The International Contemporary Ensemble with Experiments in Opera: Off the Ground

Experiments in Opera presents Off the Ground, including workshop performances of three different operas in development. Warka Vase, the third of these operas, is a new work by composer Rick Burkhardt and presented in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and their OpenICE initiative.

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International Contemporary Ensemble at Teatro Mayor
Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

International Contemporary Ensemble at Teatro Mayor

  • Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (map)
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The International Contemporary Ensemble heads to Colombia! Ensemble members Rebekah Heller, Joshua Rubin, and Ross Karre will perform Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial Lift (1998), a work inspired by the resonant low frequencies of the earth, at Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo on February 6th.

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Collecting Wang Lu at the New York Public Library
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Collecting Wang Lu at the New York Public Library

  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Bruno Walter Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In an effort to reshape the way that ICE’s music is created and shared, the ensemble is creating a radically accessible online archive, where composers, performers, and audiences can discover new works, and share their thoughts about how music is composed, performed, and heard. January’s installment of this successful series at the New York Public Library features world premiere performances of music by boundary-breaking Chinese-American composer Wang Lu.

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Suppression Dam at Sydney Festival, Australia
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Suppression Dam at Sydney Festival, Australia

  • Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (map)
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Ensemble Offspring, Casula Powerhouse and Sydney Festival present three celebrated international art music ensembles – Ensemble Offspring (Sydney), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York/Chicago) and Ensemble Adapter (Berlin) – performing a surround sound concert in the vast Casula Powerhouse turbine hall. 

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the whisper opera in Belgium
Nov
26
to Nov 28

the whisper opera in Belgium

  • Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium (map)
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ICE brings David Lang's acclaimed the whisper opera to Belgium! As part of the Festival Ars Musica celebration at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, soprano Tony Arnold and three members of ICE bring this most intimate of operas, a repertoire staple of the ensemble.

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Du Yun Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Du Yun Composer Portrait at Miller Theatre

  • Miller Theatre at Columbia University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2017 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera Angel’s Bone, Du Yun is a multifaceted artist—composer, multi-instrumentalist, performance artist, and curator. Her music is adventurous and daring; it embraces orchestral, theatrical, pop music, storytelling, cabaret, and visual arts influences, and reflects her social activism.

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OpenICE Library Festival | New DIscoveries on ICEcommons
Nov
9
1:00 PM13:00

OpenICE Library Festival | New DIscoveries on ICEcommons

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

International Contemporary Ensemble launches the Library’s celebration of bold musical invention. Join us for a program of exhilarating sound experimentation, tracing a music lineage from the earlier computer works of Charles Dodge, through the pathbreaking installations of Alvin Lucier, on to a new generation of music innovators, led by Nokia Bell Labs artist in residence, Seth Cluett. An installation highlighting electronic music innovations will continue into the spring.

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OpenICE Library Festival | Collecting Seth Cluett
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

OpenICE Library Festival | Collecting Seth Cluett

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

International Contemporary Ensemble launches the Library’s celebration of bold musical invention. Join us for a program of exhilarating sound experimentation, tracing a music lineage from the earlier computer works of Charles Dodge, through the pathbreaking installations of Alvin Lucier, on to a new generation of music innovators, led by Nokia Bell Labs artist in residence, Seth Cluett. An installation highlighting electronic music innovations will continue into the spring.

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OpenICE Library Festival | Circuits and Currents: Columbia Computer Music Center Showcase
Nov
8
1:00 PM13:00

OpenICE Library Festival | Circuits and Currents: Columbia Computer Music Center Showcase

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

International Contemporary Ensemble launches the Library’s celebration of bold musical invention. Join us for a program of exhilarating sound experimentation, tracing a music lineage from the earlier computer works of Charles Dodge, through the pathbreaking installations of Alvin Lucier, on to a new generation of music innovators, led by Nokia Bell Labs artist in residence, Seth Cluett. An installation highlighting electronic music innovations will continue into the spring.

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OpenICE Library Festival | Deep Listening Session
Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

OpenICE Library Festival | Deep Listening Session

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Vincent Astor Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pauline Oliveros's life as a composer, performer, and humanitarian was about opening her own and others' sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Her “sonic mediations” invite us to understand more deeply ourselves and our world. Join us for an afternoon of “deep listening,” with historic recordings of Pauline Oliveros guiding her signature sonic meditations, along with in-person meditations, led by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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The Fourth Biennial Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at the San Francisco Conservatory
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Fourth Biennial Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at the San Francisco Conservatory

Situated within the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism brings together leading music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers, combining the wisdom and insight of today's highly esteemed critics, the artistry and daring of acclaimed musicians, and the energy and promise of tomorrow's music journalists.

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